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road. post. has been described as a friend to thousands and a leader to millions former u.n. secretary general kofi annan dies at the age of eighty. i'm about to send in this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up media reports claim the u.s. supplied the bomb that was used in an attack that killed forty children in yemen earlier this month. the indian government drops relief packages to those stranded by floods in kerala. stuck at the border why venezuelans fleeing economic and political turmoil are not being allowed to cross into ecuador.
those stories in a moment but first we're getting some breaking news from indonesia where the island of long ball has been struck by a magnitude six point five earthquake it comes just weeks after the same island was devastated by a magnitude six point nine quake that killed more than four hundred people the u.s. geological survey is saying the quakes has a preliminary preliminary magnitude of six point five it was allegedly located one hundred and nine kilometers northwest of the village of. knots in central indonesia at the depth of five hundred and thirty nine kilometers deep earthquakes normally cause less damage but we don't have any details on that yet we'll bring you more details as we get them. now he led the united nations for a decade he won a nobel peace prize and campaigned tirelessly for global peace leaders around the world have been praising kofi annan who's died on saturday at the age of eighty our
diplomatic editor james bays looks back at his life and his legacy. a towering figure on the global stage bringing the peace bell of the united nations a man who did so much in the cause of global peace. u.n. secretary general for ten years a nobel peace laureate. kofi annan was born in ghana joining the un in one thousand nine hundred sixty two rising through the ranks to be the organizations head of peacekeeping at the time of genocide in rwanda eight hundred thousand people were killed he later said it was one of his greatest regrets that he was not able to do more to halt the bloodshed i am happy on and i will be and suddenly surround when he became the first u.n. staffer to take over the top job he prepared the u.n. for a new millennium. his tenure coincided with the arrival of
a new president in the white house is. after nine eleven the u.s. invaded afghanistan. and then dividing the u.n. security council. iraq he had tried to avoid war with tireless diplomacy and by keeping a team of weapons inspectors in the country until the last moment later the un went back into baghdad after the invasion but its compound was then bombed with twenty two staff killed iraq was also the biggest controversy of his decade in the un job the oil for food program set up to help iraqis lead to massive corruption with the secretary general's own son kojo implicated and when he stepped down at the un he addressed these remarks to his successor bang ki-moon. you're to take over
the most impossible job on end of quote. while that may be true i would add i would add this is also the best possible job that. he did not choose to go into quote retirement he was the u.n. and arab league envoy to syria in two thousand and twelve coming up with a plan that would have ended the war six years ago. but it was ignored by the parties that continue to fight. more recently he went to myanmar coming up with proposals that form the basis of the international community's approach to the rohingya crisis the result once again of his own personal style of diplomacy strong words but softly spoken even if you get into the shouting matches sometimes they have bigger megaphones than you have and it doesn't necessarily get you where
you want to go there are times when you have to raise your voice and there are times when that i had to but generally i can get results without shouting i did more to myself as kofi annan is chief speechwriter and as the un's director of communications he says annan made a strong and positive impression on the people who work for. he's an extraordinary nice man and that was true in private as much as in public he was very considerate he was friendly he was generally cheerful it was fun working with him and he actually he wanted you to have fun and that might sound a frivolous thing protected of the united nations but i think it's actually quite important. that we all have to sort of keep a sense of proportion we all liked him we all felt that we had a stake in his success a safety general once said i remember from relatively early on was when nato
started bombing yugoslavia in one thousand nine hundred nine and this was a very difficult moment for him because he had actually been warning about the problems in kosovo and not wanting to see a repetition of what happened in bosnia with the cost of oz being massacred or subjected to genocide but the fact is that there wasn't a resolution of the security council with arising this and of course he was also very strong on the need to do things correctly and according to international law and you know we had to support concoct a statement which kind of made both of these points which went rather in opposite directions and i was remember him looking at the draft of the statement and saying this is the most difficult statement i've had to make since i've been secretary general well that was in one thousand nine hundred nine and perhaps there were some equally or more difficult ones late but it was it was very honest of him i think to
say that you know in front of relatively junior members of staff and one one felt that this was a job he took very very seriously and he really wanted to get it right. the trump administration is facing growing criticism over its role in the war in yemen u.s. media reports say an american made bomb was used in an attack on a school bus earlier this month fifty one people were killed forty of them were children and i think alex has more from washington d.c. . in northern yemen graves who recently dug for the victims of a saudi led coalition bombing that shocked the world on august the ninth a school bus was hit in an attack the coalition called legitimate military action more than fifty people were killed at least forty of them children aged between ten and twelve dozens more were injured. the u.s. has provided support to the saudi led coalition with intelligence and aerial
refueling now there are renewed questions about the weapons being used in the war reports suggest the bomb used to attack the bus was made by lockheed martin and according to c.n.n. supplied by the u.s. government as part of a sanctioned on deal politicians in the united states are demanding answers senator chris murphy who's announced a measure to hold military assistance to the coalition tweeted the following last week the saudi led coalition in yemen bombed a school bus killing forty four innocent kids and they did it with us supplied bombs intelligence support and midair refueling democratic house and senate members are also asking questions about u.s. involvement in a war that's been raging for more than three years their key concern is that the u.s. may not only be culpable but potentially violating international laws in two thousand and sixteen president obama banned the sale of precision guided weapon way to saudi arabia citing human rights concerns that measure was undone when the trumpet ministration came to power the us a since sold on to saudi arabia as part of
a multi-billion dollar deal and gallacher al-jazeera washington. so it's going in families who've been separated from relatives are preparing to travel into north korea for a rare reunion relatives in the south are getting ready at an orientation session before crossing the border on monday it will be the first event of its kind since the top of twenty fifteen and only the twentieth since the year two thousand many korean families have been divided since the war in the one nine hundred fifty s. which splits the peninsula. officials in the indian state of carolers say they need more rescue equipment to help to save hundreds of thousands of people stranded in remote areas by heavy flooding monsoon rains are continuing to batter the region well andrew thomas is joining us now from van money in kerala state and the first thing that strikes you is just the scale of the problem and the relief effort that they're facing. it's an absolutely huge problem well over six hundred thousand people now living in camps having been evacuated
from their homes and the death toll somewhere around three hundred fifty since this crisis began its monsoon season began and here near ben money is actually over there now believe it or not there is no river between where i'm standing and as far as you can see this is normally dry land and you can see the chain of people who are holding on to a rope as they cross they story fast flowing water taking bags and boxes of water and rice and medicines across to about five hundred people that live about two kilometers in that direction there is work consistently from where i'm standing all the way to that where they're living now some people have been evacuated most of them on saturday including the elderly and people with babies but most people have chosen to stay in their homes will be on the upper levels of their homes because the bottom levels are completely flooded and that is what all this is being taken
into you know you might ask why not by as well they tell me here the boats like this one a city getting swept away the current is too strong in the middle of that water to get it across. therefore that's why they're doing it in the way that they are holding on to right pace mail it is a very slow laborious operation and one that's being repeated right across carol. as we were mentioning before the officials in the state are saying that they're needing more equipment what kind of things are they desperately trying to get and put in place to help people. who are the things that are really needed ironically water number one drinking water of course they've got plenty of this but not enough drinking water so that is the ice and that is in the most amount many sins as well basic medicines to stop things like diarrhea rehydration powerboats sorts of six wipes that you can get to stop people getting to see food a slightly less a priority. actually but basically it's those sorts of things as well now some of that is getting brought in by truck side of the truck you just parked actually
behind the camera and they're on loading it here and then will watch box across and some of it some more remote places being flown in and dropped by helicopters but those are the crucial things they need water drinking water food and medicines and thanks very much indeed we'll be checking in with you the story carries on but for now thanks a lot. still ahead on al-jazeera rival groups of protesters take to the streets of nicaragua's capital. in america you're nicholas you're in touch with we take a look at the new romantic comedy crazy rich asians and how it's breaking barriers in hollywood. hello there we can see the showers developing around the coast of the black sea at
the moment we look at the satellite picture we can see bright white areas of clouds here really blooming and getting going and giving us some very heavy downpours we more of them too as we head through the next couple of days so expect some more heavy downpours also lots of thunder and lightning as well away from there it's largely fine and dry beirut up at thirty degrees baghdad forty three the further towards the south and it's hot for us in kuwait where it around forty six or forty seven degrees at the moment it's always hot here because it's always so dry air wise it's a little bit more humid here in doha forty three will probably be our maximum but really it's not humid for this time of year for the south for muscat we're up at thirty and as you head down towards the south coast of oman and into yemen there's more cloud here and that's likely to squeeze out one or two showers particularly around the salon area even further towards the south of for many of us here it's fine and dry the temperatures have now recovered force and been were up at twenty five degrees cape town though with a little bit cooler at the moment the winds coming in off the see more clouds here
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a reminder of our top stories the indonesian island of lombok has been struck by a magnitude six point five earthquake and comes just weeks after the island was devastated by a magnitude six point nine quake that killed more than four hundred people. while leaders of remembering former u.n. secretary general kofi annan died on saturday aged eighty he served for nearly a decade until two thousand and six and he was awarded the two thousand and one nobel peace prize. more rescue equipment is needed in the indian state of carolina while hundreds of thousands of people remain stranded by floods at least three hundred twenty four people have died more than a hundred and ninety of them in just over a week the government's pipes seventy one million dollars in aid.
venezuelans are lining up along the ecuadorian border to try to leave their troubled nation but many stuck ecuador's government has tightened entry requirements venezuelans now need a passport to get in previously they only needed their national id venezuela's economic cry. bases has forced many people to move to other south american countries. in fact i am i in northwest brazil residents have been forcing hundreds of venezuelans back across the border it happened after a local restaurant owner was beaten and stabbed tens of thousands of venezuelans have been crossing over into roraima state to buy food and other basic necessities so in the short is a latin american analyst in washington d.c. and she says venezuelans are now finding it difficult to seek help in neighboring countries. they've been this for a long crisis has created every general crisis and on the top of the many challenges stubbornness will and has to face not just only in the current three in
venezuela because of the economy can political crisis now going to swell and they are trying to not to leave the country to escape in australia and now there we are and they are facing a lot of a lot of problems because neighboring countries especially ecuador she lay in bed all to they announced in you'll say the free will ations in order to stop the influx of venice well and not just only to cross the border there or was all for all these venezuelans who wants to try to stay in their conflicts so in the first place they are asking menace well and still percent the bali passport and this is really a challenge for everybody to sway along because not only big oh but a man failed to control the contras film we smile energetic on through both also
here they go over to men face to each to their documents for venezuelans because of her lack of papers so many benefits well and they try to use his. id cards in order to grow their borders but now. he's gone to decide announcing that they are not going to allow that to anymore. rival protests are taking place in nicaragua as capital both for and against the government of daniel ortega opponents accuse him of using heavy handed tactics to crackdown on demonstrators while the three hundred people have been killed since april john holeman has more from the protests in managua. as tends to happen in nicaragua when i see government protesters take to the streets those who support the government who so you turn now in full swing and they're here right now to show their support for the president on the it will take he said that things a back to normal in a could are what they say they agree with what we've seen over the last couple of days and said there is some truth in not there are so many people just starting to
return to boston and restaurants off the months in which people were quite scared to go out tonight scared because of paramilitary groups principally roaming around the streets we do so saying that there is a lot less presence oh those groups in those days the people here say that they have munching that's was for justice especially in the case of the twenty two policemen that have been killed in the course of the protests among others called on. the deaths during this attempted coup or the most unjust thing that's happened to nicaragua a country in peace has been shaken by a bunch of fund those and criminals just a few streets away this is the anti-government march and it is substantially bigger than the government won the title of this march to see things. that they could i when might come out rather than in previous months with us to come to not be a rather than contentment they point towards the number of people how to relate to
neighboring costa rica to avoid what they say is a government crackdown well the people that are in hiding within the country themselves they say that that's being government profession as a result of the recent protests the they're not going to give up including for a change including for changing the government of president. and it will take a step. a little daniel ortega is a dictator who has done whatever he wanted his reelection returns us to the times of the dictator what we want is a free nicaragua like you can see from these two opposing marches this is a country which even though the barricades are very close might play it out and the government supports her military groups might not saw her on the streets is still incredibly tense some hoda right. turkish president richard tie up out of line is still defiant today off to two key ratings agencies want his country is going to find it even harder to pay its debts is assisted the growing economic crisis is
part of a plot against turkey out of ones made the comments at a meeting of his ruling ak party the turkish lira has lost forty percent of its value against the dollar this year so again go has more from istanbul a brisk business that's expanded along with takis middle class. act has been selling products made by turkey's largest time appliances company for twenty five years but lately his sales have taken a hit the question does we've had to put our prices up because of the current economic situation and that's affecting our sales. despite this he is optimistic that he and the country kind of weather the current economic storm which began as a war of words with tuckey's nato ally the us over according to the president donald trump the arrest of an evangelical pastor andrew bronson sparking a trade spat between the two countries is the start of the holiday week a turkey and despite the slump the shopping malls that as ours are all packed with
people but prices have shot up in recent days and people are feeling the pinch too good to know it's affected us a lot of my pension is already gone because of this i don't know how all afford holiday presents for my family. we need money to show we can't do anything about it and this is about the games being played between global policy it's kind of a cold war the devaluation in the turkish lira may be good for exporters but the uncertainty and continuing antipathy with the us has rattled the economy even as the current stabilized last week market american or political of course the terrorists. in another financial times have affected turkey's economy it's borderline economic exploitation by the us as it's affected our sales president has placed much faith in an agenda of growth at all costs but that has had its own
drawbacks billions of dollars have been borrowed and spent particularly in infrastructure and construction projects a tactic that could become unsustainable if there is further instability in turkey's economy. our jazeera istanbul. funerals are being held for some of the children who drowned in the river nile in sudan and on wednesday they were travelling to school when their boat capsized some of the bodies have been found the government's being blamed for not doing more to improve local transport morgan has more. she was on her way to school along with her four sisters when the boats transporting them on the capsized. almost daughter drowned along with twenty two other children and their teacher. and look up to my of the fellas we were expecting the accident to happen and we always used to say that there will be an accident they have been using this mode of transport for ten years it's happened in the northern river now state when the boats engine broke down after
heavy rains. boats are the only way to cross the river and this area because there are no bridges according to officials forty people were on board. some bodies have been recovered but the search continues for the other is just beginning every is a bad law. when the boat capsized and held onto a tree and found my daughter clinging to me and i was able to save her but i lost my other daughter and son who drowned we live in a modern age our children shouldn't have to go to school using boats heavy rains in several states in sudan have led to the closure of hundreds of schools flash floods have killed at least forty people since the start of sudan's rini season in july it has also caused damage to tens of thousands of home displacing fountains of people as the rain want to destroy what infrastructure there is many are now questioning with the sudanese government is doing to keep them and their children safe people morgan al-jazeera. russian president vladimir putin is in germany for talks with
chancellor angela merkel top of the agenda is the war in syria but also up for discussion is russia's influence in ukraine and a controversial gas pipeline project which would link to russia and western europe and that pipeline has angered u.s. president donald trump he's criticized berlin for cooperating with moscow don it came as more from berlin this is the second time that these two leaders have met each other in the space of just three months basically demonstrating the importance of the relationship between these two governments the point to make here is that there is agreement and disagreement there are issues where they find themselves on the other side opposing each other specifically in ukraine regarding the cease fire the minsk agreement that was brokered between these two governments plus the french plus the ukrainian some time ago which the german government which the french government also believe that moscow really hasn't done enough to ensure implementation of that agreement ukraine matters also to these two leaders because
of the nord stream to gas pipeline which is being built which is which is in the in the pipeline as it were which will lead to a changeover in the amount in the way that natural gas is pumped to germany that's important because at the moment lots of russia's gas is pumped into western europe transiting ukraine the ukrainian government is very worried that that might change and they say this is something the russians must deal with mr putin at this meeting he said no it's an exclusively economic project there is no danger of them switching off the taps as it were through ukraine the other issue is syria both these leaders have said they want to see some progress towards ameliorating helping the humanitarian situation there that's the upshot from this meeting. a man in the u.k. has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in relation to an incident outside the country's parliament in tuesday twenty nine year old sally cotter is alleged to
have used a car to hit cyclists and pedestrians three people were injured it's incidents being treated as terrorism by police a similar attack in march twenty seventeen left six people dead. a hollywood movie with an all asian cost is already a big box office hit the film is being hailed as a long overdue showcase of a long neglected part of american society well brunell's reports from hollywood. a gala opening night for a movie that's breaking barriers. the romantic comedy crazy rich asians is the first major hollywood film in a quarter century with an all asian cast director and executive producer we all recognize the significance but to be honest right now as i'm talking to you i feel nothing but excitement. the actors may be asian but the movie's themes are universal family love and money just the biggest appellate burst in on the scene
crazy rich asians is based on the bestselling novel by kevin kwan who produced the film you know i think it's important to acknowledge that it's been way too long since we've had an all star asian cast and a hollywood movie about the same time this is the movie for everyone lori nakamura has already seen the film once and she's back with friends for a second viewing it's a wacky brahm com but i think at the same time it's also showing and asians in normal situations just like everybody else crazy rich asians is in a way a repudiation of hollywood's sad history of race a stand stereotype depictions of asians in film. from the exploitative kung fu flicks of the seventy's and eighty's must make. the link. to mickey rooney's performance in breakfast at tiffany's asians have been
denigrated and asian actors passed over for leading roles. according to a recent study only about five percent of hollywood movie parts go to asian actors like laura condom or just really seems that there are a lot of character parts out for ethnic you know are people of color but there weren't a lot of leading roles but sure the hoopla over crazy rich asians is box office hype the idea that an all asian cast is some sort of novelty glosses over the historic achievements of japanese korean anti cinema among others but coming after recent films like the superhero hit black and the charming animated feature coco crazy rich asian seems to be part of a long overdue trend i feel like we are seeing a sea change though a lot of these americans come on screens they have this this it is like this urge to cry and they don't know exactly why this movie is for that crazy rich asians
will open in theaters worldwide in august and september robert oulds al jazeera hollywood. this is all of these are the top stories the indonesian island of lombok has been struck by a magnitude six point five earthquake it comes just weeks after the island was devastated by a magnitude six point nine quake that killed more than four hundred people while leaders of remembering former u.n. secretary general kofi annan who died on saturday aged eighty eleven u.n. for a decade until two thousand and six he was awarded the nobel peace prize in two thousand and one. it is really bad for the world we have lost the moral voice of the world today is bad for the world in many so so many other ways he was a peacemaker he was. always in the forefront of trying to help people. it's devastating
for me personally he was a mentor he was a role model he was a friend you flew the flag of peace you flew the flare of collaboration throughout the world as he did with a very difficult and challenging problems we were filled with pride to see an african leader dealing with world problems and finding solutions for them u.s. media reports suggest a coalition led by saudi arabia and the u.a.e. has used american made bombs in an attack that killed forty children in yemen earlier this month politicians in washington say the government must stop selling weapons that are being used and what they call war crimes more rescue equipment is needed in the indian state of cattle allowed for hundreds of thousands of people remain stranded by floods at least three hundred twenty four people have died the
government has pledged seventy one million dollars in aid. ecuador's government has tightened requirements for venezuelans to enter the country they must now have a passport previously only had to have a national id many venezuelans have sought to flee the country is the economic crisis there deepens. rival protests have taken place in nicaragua as capital both for and against the government of daniel ortega opponents accuse him of using heavy handed tactics to crackdown on demonstrators more than three hundred people have been killed since april and those that had lines the news continues here on al-jazeera after people in power by foot. the philippines is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. now private corporations are capitalizing on the chaos. one of one east investigates on al jazeera.
the usas constitutionally in trying to love affair with firearms has given it the highest levels of private gun ownership in the world and a truly staggering rate of gun related homicides but it isn't just the u.s. that's felt the effects south of the border in mexico american sourced weapons supplied to deadly road in that country's drug use giuliana rivers has been to investigate.